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  • The Ministry of Education is putting plans in place to have at least one qualified coach available for or sited in every school by 2017.
  • Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites said these positions may be filled by new or existing teachers in the system once they have the requisite qualifications.
  • The Education Minister added that other factors integral to the mix of developing the nation’s athletes are proper nutrition, and access to facilities.

As it seeks to further harness the athletic prowess of students across the island, the Ministry of Education is putting plans in place to have at least one qualified coach available for or sited in every school by 2017.

This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites while making a presentation at the Business of Sport International Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Friday, May 1.

He noted that these positions may be filled by new or existing teachers in the system once they have the requisite qualifications.

“We can’t hire new people to fill all of the vacancies but what we can do is to say to many of those teachers who are already in the schools if you wish additional training, if you wish to be considered for advancement in this particular area, then please let us know,” he said.

The Minister added that, “we are anxious to develop the programmes which would enable you to have a position of special responsibility which carries a better remuneration and which services this most important need of our students”.

Rev. Thwaites said he is hoping that there will be “considerable uptake in this regard”, as the Ministry seeks to broaden the sporting programmes offered in schools.

The Education Minister added that other factors integral to the mix of developing the nation’s athletes are proper nutrition, and access to facilities.

He lauded the partnerships between the Ministry and the private sector in upgrading and improving physical education and sports facilities in many schools.

“We are only making a dent this year between the Ministry with responsibility for Sport and the Ministry of Education, but we would like to encourage partnerships that will take us even further in this regard,” he said.
The Education Minister said that while every school cannot have all the sports facilities they need, “we must be able to provide hubs, advantages and opportunities for particular talents to be developed.”

Also, he said that the Ministry is open to suggestions that will help to advance the business of sports in schools across the island.

The two-day conference, which ends on Saturday, May 2, is being held under the theme ‘Transform the Game, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

It aims to change the perspective of sports as a leisurely pastime, to a viable business that will significantly contribute to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The conference will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. For more information, persons may visit: www.thebusinessofsport.org